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Abdellah El Asely

Born in a Berber village under the Atlas Mountains, I'm Abdel, the heart behind Original Travels. My early days, immersed in the rich tapestry of Moroccan tradition, inspired me to share my homeland's true spirit beyond the usual tourist paths.

As a tour guide, I realized my dream could be bigger—leading to Original Travels. It's not just about showing Morocco's beauty; it's about experiencing it authentically, connecting deeply with local communities and preserving our rich cultural heritage.

At Original Travels, we prioritize sustainable, meaningful journeys that honor both the land and its people. We're about creating experiences that resonate with the soul of Morocco, inviting travelers to discover its essence alongside us.

This is my story, my invitation to you. Let's explore Morocco in a way that touches the heart and leaves a lasting imprint, together.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"At Original Travels, we focus on showcasing Morocco's rich landscapes and cultures through tailored experiences in:

Cities: Exploring the vibrant streets of Marrakech, the serene blue alleys of Chefchaouen, and the coastal charm of Essaouira.
Mountains: Trekking in the Atlas Mountains, visiting traditional Berber villages, and enjoying the natural beauty of Morocco’s highlands.
Deserts: Venturing into the Sahara for camel treks, luxury desert camps, and unforgettable star-gazing sessions under the clear, vast sky.

Activities include:

Cultural Immersion: Family meals, traditional ceremonies, and artisan visits.
Luxury Travels: Top Notch stays, private Trips, honeymoons
Culinary Tours: Cooking classes and market tours.
Historical Explorations: Guided visits to ancient sites and landmarks.
Wellness: Yoga retreats and traditional hammam experiences."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was drawn into travel by my Berber heritage and the natural beauty of my hometown in the Atlas Mountains. Wanting to share Morocco's rich culture and landscapes with others, I started as a tour guide. This passion led me to establish Original Travels, where I could offer more authentic and meaningful experiences to travelers, deeply rooted in local traditions and sustainability. My journey into travel is a reflection of my love for my homeland and its stories."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"GPT
A night spent in the Sahara Desert remains an unforgettable travel experience for me. Riding camels at sunset, we ventured deep into the dunes, where the vast silence and the blanket of stars overhead offered a profound sense of solitude and connection to the universe. Away from the campfire, under the dense, starlit sky, I felt an overwhelming sense of awe and humility. This moment, stark and beautiful, underscored the transformative power of travel, revealing the earth’s magnificent scale and mystery in an instant. It’s a vivid reminder of the world's wonders, forever etched in my memory."

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Recent trip reviews for Abdellah

Great overview of Morocco
Morocco | Apr 11 - Apr 21, 2024

Beth
Beth M.
Myrtle Beach, SC | Reviewed on May 17, 2024
what an unbelievable trip and what a great tour group! We had Faissal with us every day (and he was an excellent guide and driver) and then we had local guides with us at each specific location as well. All were extremely kind and knowledgeable. The walking tour of the medina in Marrakesh with Siad was a perfect start off with discussions of local customs and history. The hike up Mt. Toubkul with Youssef was extraordinary, and a great look into Berber life in the mountains. My personal... Read more

what an unbelievable trip and what a great tour group! We had Faissal with us every day (and he was an excellent guide and driver) and then we had local guides with us at each specific location as well. All were extremely kind and knowledgeable. The walking tour of the medina in Marrakesh with Siad was a perfect start off with discussions of local customs and history. The hike up Mt. Toubkul with Youssef was extraordinary, and a great look into Berber life in the mountains. My personal favorite was the time in the Saraha (camels, Nomads, ATVs.....awesome) and finishing it up on the ocean in Essaouira was a perfect finish. All of the riads/hotels were exquisite, the food incredible and the people, amazing. If you are even a little hesitant about travelling in a new country I cannot recommend KimKim enough - I will DEFINATELY be using them again.

Hotel Reviews
Palais Sebban
Marrakech

a perfect location in the medina - safe, clean and friendly. breakfast was amazing

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Refuge Toubkal les Mouflons
Imlil

much larger and solid structure than what I was expecting. a welcome resting spot for tired hikers. the scenery is unbelievable

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Riad Jnane Imlil
Imlil, Asni Marrakech

incredibly comfortable and beautiful - i only wish i had more time at the location. The owner and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. One thing to note - there are no banks or ATMs in this entire region...this hotel does accommodate PayPal which was a blessing as everywhere else is cash only. Be sure to plan ahead with regards to payments

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Ksar El Kabbaba
Skoura

you will want to be sure to stay here at least 2 nights....it's an amazing spa-type atmosphere with the most unbelievable garden and pool area. Bed was so comfortable i was sad to leave it in the morning

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Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

magical is all i can say. tents are really like studio apartments - very comfortable, no sand inside anywhere. food was perfect, staff amazing, location....well, you just have to go to see it, words cannot describe

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Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on May 18, 2024

Hi Beth,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear that you had such an unbelievable trip and enjoyed your time with our tour group. It's wonderful to know that Faissal, along with our local guides, made your journey memorable with their kindness and expertise.

We're also delighted to hear that you enjoyed the exquisite riads/hotels, incredible food, and amazing people throughout your journey. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we look forward to helping you plan your next adventure with KimKim!

Best Wishes,
Abdel

Abdullah was responsive and flexible and trie...
Morocco | May 5 - May 13, 2024

S
Steve S.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on May 14, 2024
Abdullah was responsive and flexible and tried to accommodate all our requests. Read more

Abdullah was responsive and flexible and tried to accommodate all our requests.

Hotel Reviews
Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Casablanca

Rooms were a bit run down. That said the location was excellent as were the breakfasts.

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Hotel Dar Mounir
Chefchaouen

Rooms had a musty odor. Location was hard to manage with luggage and a lack of staff to help with bags. Breakfast was fair.

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Palais Amani
Fès
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Heure Bleue Palais - Relais & Châteaux
Essaouira
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La Maison Arabe Hotel
Marrakech
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Activity Reviews
Guided Tour - A Stroll Through the Azure Dreams
Guided Tour - A Stroll Through the Azure Dreams
Chefchaouen
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Journey of Colours: Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Journey of Colours: Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Morocco

Too hot to spend a lot of time.

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Fez: Exploring the Ancient Medina and Jewish Mellah
Fez: Exploring the Ancient Medina and Jewish Mellah
Fes

Fantastic guide.

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Tasting Marrakesh: A Private Gastronomic Adventure
Tasting Marrakesh: A Private Gastronomic Adventure
Marrakesh

Fantastic guide,who was flexible with dietary restrictions.

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Explore the Grandeur of Hassan II Mosque
Explore the Grandeur of Hassan II Mosque
Morocco
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Mystical Journeys: Discovering Marrakech's Jewish Legacy
Mystical Journeys: Discovering Marrakech's Jewish Legacy
Marrakesh

Fantastic guide.

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Jewish heritage tour of Essaouira
Jewish heritage tour of Essaouira
Essaouira
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Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on May 15, 2024

Hi Steve,

Thank you so much for your kind words! It was truly a pleasure working with you and I'm thrilled to hear that you found me responsive and flexible. Meeting your needs and accommodating your requests are always our top priorities. If there's anything else I can assist you with in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Best Wishes
Abdel

Unforgettable Morocco!
Morocco | Apr 11 - Apr 24, 2024

Cynthia
Cynthia M.
Manhattan, NY | Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024
Our guide Karin was the best!
He took care of our every need. We were 8 friends, so many times we could be difficult , but he solved all our Indecisiveness with a solution.
He was very knowledgeable about the country..
One of the best vacations we ever had! .
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Our guide Karin was the best!
He took care of our every need. We were 8 friends, so many times we could be difficult , but he solved all our Indecisiveness with a solution.
He was very knowledgeable about the country..
One of the best vacations we ever had! .
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Hotel Review
Inara Desert Camp
Marrakech

Wishing I would have stayed there 2 nights. .

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The serenity and the service, was Exceptional
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Everyone!
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Everything was perfect
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 25, 2024

Hi Cynthia M.,

Thank you so much for your kind words! We’re happy to hear that Karin made your adventure unforgettable. Navigating indecisiveness with ease is just one of his superpowers. We can’t wait to welcome you and your friends back for more amazing vacations! 🌟✈️

Best,
Abdel

I wish I could give this trip more than 5 sta...
Morocco | Apr 11 - Apr 21, 2024

Charis
Charis U.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024
I wish I could give this trip more than 5 stars! From the first interaction with Abdellah and Said trip planning was easy and pleasant . The response time was extremely fast before and during our trip. We had a group of four people with different interests and tastes, Abdellah and Said were great at answering all of our questions, we really appreciated their suggestions of tours, restaurants and hotels in our itinerary. We all loved every single one of our guides.
Faissal, our...
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I wish I could give this trip more than 5 stars! From the first interaction with Abdellah and Said trip planning was easy and pleasant . The response time was extremely fast before and during our trip. We had a group of four people with different interests and tastes, Abdellah and Said were great at answering all of our questions, we really appreciated their suggestions of tours, restaurants and hotels in our itinerary. We all loved every single one of our guides.
Faissal, our driver was amazing, always on time and a great communicator , he went above and beyond expectations to ensure we got to see and do what was planned for that day and got us in and out safely, certainly, by the end of the trip we all considered him a friend!
Said (different person than above) gave us a tour of the Medina in Marrakech, very knowledgeable and was able to convey information in an interesting way, the day went by way too fast!
Youssef Azdour: Youssef was our guide to summit Mt. Toubkal, he did a great job keeping us safe, ensuring we had amazing food at the "refuge" (lodging just below the summit). We are thankful for our cook and porter too! Interestingly, he also leads ski tours (skinning up, ski down) in the winter, it was nice to hike with a local that knows the mountain and the community.
Abraham: Camel guide Sahara Desert. We all truly enjoyed our camel ride at sunset in the Sahara, a one in a million experience!
Youssef: Driver/guide in the Sahara at Tiziri Desert Camp, Youssef showed us around the Berber communities and homesteads, and enlightened us of the cultural importance of music, and geology in the area. We all enjoyed spending time with him!
Mohammad: ATV guide Sahara Desert; He did a great job in showing us the area, brought sand boards which was a ton of fun and was great at taking amazing pictures!
What I really appreciated was the high quality and authenticity of all of our guides, we would have never have found them if we would have booked this trip our selves!

Hotel Reviews
Dar Chamaa
Ouarzazate
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Palais Sebban
Marrakech

Great location in the Medina! Staff was wonderful, breakfast was delicious, loved the architecture!

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Riad Jnane Imlil
Imlil, Asni Marrakech

Perfect location to stay when hiking Toubkal! views are amazing and the staff is fantastic. Loved the decor and the food was great. Make sure to visit the roof top deck!

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Ksar El Kabbaba
Skoura

Beautiful Riad! Wish we could have stayed longer! Staff was informative and the grounds were amazing, we wished we had more time to visit the spa!

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Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

We are so thankful we stayed 2 nights! so many things to do and see! We loved the staff, music and food. The location and accommodations are wonderful! Highly recommend riding a camel to get to the site and take advantage of sand boarding and ATVing!

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All staff made us feel at home! Youssef was great showing us the Berber community, geology and the sharing the importance of music in the Berber culture .
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Refuge Toubkal les Mouflons
Imlil

great place to stay before summiting!

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Activity Reviews
Harmonies of the Dunes: An Experiential Desert Odyssey in Erg Chebbi
Harmonies of the Dunes: An Experiential Desert Odyssey in Erg Chebbi
Merzouga

Another highlight of the trip! Loved the Tiziri ECO Desert Camp! Youssef did an amazing job in showing us the Berber Nomad lifestyle, music and geology of Merzouga and Erg Chebbi area. The sunset camel ride into the camp was unforgettable plus dinner and the Berber music was delicious. Lastly, the ATV and sandboarding was a blast!

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From the Dunes to the Kasbahs: A Scenic Drive from Merzouga to Ouarzazate
From the Dunes to the Kasbahs: A Scenic Drive from Merzouga to Ouarzazate
Morocco

Great to see the Rissani medina and the Mausoleum of Molay Ali Cherif plus visit a market to sell animals and ty camel milk!

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Ouirgane at Leisure
Ouirgane

We changed our plans to stay in Essaouria at the Hotel Le Medina

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Mystical Marrakesh: Unveiling the Allure of Morocco's Vibrant Jewel
Mystical Marrakesh: Unveiling the Allure of Morocco's Vibrant Jewel
Marrakesh

Said is very knowledgeable and was wonderful at answering all of our questions, the time went by way too fast and we were thankful to spend the morning/afternoon with him!

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Said took us to a roof top Riad for lunch
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Embark on an Epic Journey: Marrakech to Toubkal National Park
Embark on an Epic Journey: Marrakech to Toubkal National Park
Morocco

A high light of our trip! Youssef Azdour our hiking guide is an experienced mountaineer, he did a great job getting us up the mountain well fed and safe. We also appreciated the porter and cook during the two strenuous days of hiking. As always, it was nice to spend time with a local that is familiar with the area.

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Youssef 's knowledge of the mountain
Food
Wonderful to have a home cooked meals during the 2 days of strenuous hiking
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Cook and porter were wonderful, great food and people!
Transport
Our porter got our luggage we did not need for the hike to the hotel we were staying at after the hike , lots of coordination!
Imlil to Skoura oasis via Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate
Imlil to Skoura oasis via Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate
Morocco

We enjoyed the visit to the Argan oil cooperative, we were able to "help" make the oil with the local women and see the process in which it is made, Truly an enjoyable experience! We also enjoyed the l Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, Morocco's most famous kasbah and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was great to get out and stretch our legs! We were a little skeptical about visiting the movie sites, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! our guide made a short video of us in the studio, once again the guide did a great job of making it a unique experience!

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Our small group size made it possible to really interact with the locals and we truly felt like welcomed guests!
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Skoura to Merzouga via Dades valley, Todra Gorge, Erfoud & Rissani
Skoura to Merzouga via Dades valley, Todra Gorge, Erfoud & Rissani
Morocco

We visited a women's cooperative rose distillery shop where we learned how roses are turned into different products, we also purchased a rug in a small village, much different experience than Marrakech, in the small village rug shop we received photos of the women that crafted our rugs and a little history of the different tribes, an experience we will never forget! We enjoyed the visit to the fossil shop, it made us appreciate the geology in that area also we were able to visit the Khettaras traditional water system in the drylands.

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Conquering the Roof of North Africa: Toubkal's Majestic Summit Expedition  
Imlil

A high light of our trip! Youssef Azdour our hiking guide is an experienced mountaineer, he did a great job getting us up the mountain well fed and safe. We also appreciated the porter and cook during the two strenuous days of hiking. As always, it was nice to spend time with a local that is familiar with the area.

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Beautiful views, great places to stop for fresh squeezed orange juice!
Food
Our cook was amazing! We were so thankful for the great meals that were carried up by the mule ! Our cook/Youssef set up a table at the refuge on the patio over looking the Atlas Mts. and we enjoyed an amazing lunch after summiting Mt. Toubkal !
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide was very passionate about his culture and was a joy to talk with along the way
Transport
We were impressed that all of our stuff got to where it needed to be, our large luggage bags were carried to our hotel in Imlil by mule as well as our small bags we needed for the night at the refuge were all carried by a mule, along with all our food!
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 29, 2024
Hey Charis U. Thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that the entire team made your trip exceptional from start to finish. It's fantastic to know that our responsiveness and personalized suggestions hit the mark for your diverse group interests. We're especially glad that Faissal, Said, Youssef, Abraham, Mohammad, and others made such a positive impact on your journey. Each guide strives to offer authentic and memorable experiences, and it sounds like they succeeded with... Read more

Hey Charis U.

Thank you for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that the entire team made your trip exceptional from start to finish. It's fantastic to know that our responsiveness and personalized suggestions hit the mark for your diverse group interests.

We're especially glad that Faissal, Said, Youssef, Abraham, Mohammad, and others made such a positive impact on your journey. Each guide strives to offer authentic and memorable experiences, and it sounds like they succeeded with your adventure!

Thank you for choosing us for your travel plans. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another unforgettable journey! 🌄✨

Best,
Abdel

Morocco trip that is worth remembering.
Morocco | Apr 10 - Apr 17, 2024

Dexter
Dexter B.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024
I recently had the pleasure of using the Kimkim website to plan my trip to the beautiful country of Morocco, and I must say, it was an experience like no other. I was lucky enough to have Abdel from Original Travels as my trip coordinator, and I can confidently say that he did an outstanding job. Abdel was extremely attentive to my preferences and provided me with expert recommendations that helped me plan an unforgettable trip. He was always prompt in responding to my queries and made sure... Read more

I recently had the pleasure of using the Kimkim website to plan my trip to the beautiful country of Morocco, and I must say, it was an experience like no other. I was lucky enough to have Abdel from Original Travels as my trip coordinator, and I can confidently say that he did an outstanding job. Abdel was extremely attentive to my preferences and provided me with expert recommendations that helped me plan an unforgettable trip. He was always prompt in responding to my queries and made sure that every detail was well-planned. Thanks to Abdel's exceptional planning and coordination, I was able to have a truly amazing and stress-free vacation in Morocco.

Before landing in Casablanca, I received a delightful message from our driver and tour guide, Samir. He provided us with a detailed set of instructions for our arrival, which put us at ease and made us feel welcome. During our trip, Samir proved to be more than just a driver. He was a knowledgeable and friendly guide who went above and beyond to ensure that we had a fantastic time. His warm hospitality and efforts to make us feel safe and comfortable throughout the journey were deeply appreciated. He treated us more like close friends than just tourists, and we couldn't have asked for a better person to accompany us on our travels. Samir's dedication and expertise allowed us to explore everything we desired to see and experience in Morocco, making it a memorable and delightful adventure.

During our trip to Fes, we were fortunate enough to have Charif as our local guide. His extensive knowledge of the area's history and culture added a whole new dimension to our tour. We spent our days exploring the bustling medinas and learning about the traditional craft of ceramic making. We also enjoyed shopping for unique souvenirs and immersing ourselves in the local culture. One of the highlights of our trip was attending the vibrant carpet show, a true feast for the senses. Charif's guidance and expertise truly made for an unforgettable experience in Fes.

Our journey to the Tiziri camp in the vast Sahara desert was nothing short of a thrilling adventure. We kicked off our experience with a camel ride that lasted for nearly two hours, led by our guide, Hassan. He was truly an expert in his field and made sure that our journey was comfortable and enjoyable at every step. He also took some breathtaking pictures of us and helped us find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, which was truly a sight to behold.

As we arrived at the Tiziri camp, we were greeted with warmth and hospitality by Moustafa, Ahmed, and the rest of the crew. They welcomed us with open arms and gave us a tour of the camp, which was impeccably clean and eco-friendly. Our room was comfortable, cozy, and well-equipped with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable.
The highlight of our day was the delicious dinner that was served to us. The food was absolutely amazing, and we enjoyed every bite of it. We were impressed by the hospitality and kindness of our hosts, who made sure that all our needs were met. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that we will cherish for a long time to come.

During our stay at Dar Rihanna Dades, we were pleasantly surprised by the exceptional quality of accommodation provided. The hotel manager, Mohammed, left an unforgettable impression on us with his warm and welcoming personality, friendly demeanor, and great sense of humor. He made us feel right at home and we enjoyed a delightful conversation with him after dinner. The hotel itself was stylishly designed, immaculately clean, and owned and operated by a family, which added a personal touch to our experience. The meals we had were absolutely delicious and we were highly impressed with the attentive and outstanding service provided by the staff. Overall, it was a truly magnificent stay that exceeded our expectations in every way possible.

During our trip to Marrakech, we had the pleasure of being guided by Mouhsine, who was our private tour guide for the walking tour of the Medina and bustling souks. He took us to some of the most popular landmarks, including the Djemaa el-Fna, central square, the majestic Koutoubia Mosque, and the Bahia Palace, giving us an insight into the city's rich cultural heritage. One of the most memorable experiences we had with Mouhsine was an immersive culinary journey that he took us on. During this tour, he led us to some of the most authentic traditional Moroccan food places, where we got to witness the preparation and cooking of the food. He also taught us how to eat like the Moroccans, which involves communal dining in Moroccan households. Our group thoroughly enjoyed this food tour, and Mouhsine did an excellent job of making us feel comfortable and at ease. His knowledge of the local food and customs made the experience all the more enriching and enjoyable. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience, and we are grateful to Mouhsine for showing us the best of Marrakech.

Hotel Reviews
Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Our journey to the Tiziri camp in the vast Sahara desert was nothing short of a thrilling adventure. We kicked off our experience with a camel ride that lasted for nearly two hours, led by our guide, Hassan. He was truly an expert in his field and made sure that our journey was comfortable and enjoyable at every step. He also took some breathtaking pictures of us and helped us find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, which was truly a sight to behold.

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Staff
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Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Aït Ouffi

During our stay at Dar Rihanna Dades, we were pleasantly surprised by the exceptional quality of accommodation provided. The hotel manager, Mohammed, left an unforgettable impression on us with his warm and welcoming personality, friendly demeanor, and great sense of humor. He made us feel right at home and we enjoyed a delightful conversation with him after dinner. The hotel itself was stylishly designed, immaculately clean, and owned and operated by a family, which added a personal touch to our experience. The meals we had were absolutely delicious and we were highly impressed with the attentive and outstanding service provided by the staff. Overall, it was a truly magnificent stay that exceeded our expectations in every way possible.

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Activity Reviews
Tasting Marrakesh: A Private Gastronomic Adventure
Tasting Marrakesh: A Private Gastronomic Adventure
Marrakesh

One of the most memorable experiences we had with Mouhsine was an immersive culinary journey that he took us on. During this tour, he led us to some of the most authentic traditional Moroccan food places, where we got to witness the preparation and cooking of the food. He also taught us how to eat like the Moroccans, which involves communal dining in Moroccan households. Our group thoroughly enjoyed this food tour, and Mouhsine did an excellent job of making us feel comfortable and at ease. His knowledge of the local food and customs made the experience all the more enriching and enjoyable. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience, and we are grateful to Mouhsine for showing us the best of Marrakech.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Mystical Marrakesh: Unveiling the Allure of Morocco's Vibrant Jewel
Mystical Marrakesh: Unveiling the Allure of Morocco's Vibrant Jewel
Marrakesh

During our trip to Marrakech, we had the pleasure of being guided by Mouhsine, who was our private tour guide for the walking tour of the Medina and bustling souks. He took us to some of the most popular landmarks, including the Djemaa el-Fna, central square, the majestic Koutoubia Mosque, and the Bahia Palace, giving us an insight into the city's rich cultural heritage.

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Food
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 Fez to Merzouga Desert - The Road to Serenity
Fez to Merzouga Desert - The Road to Serenity
Morocco

Our journey to the Tiziri camp in the vast Sahara desert was nothing short of a thrilling adventure. We kicked off our experience with a camel ride that lasted for nearly two hours, led by our guide, Hassan. He was truly an expert in his field and made sure that our journey was comfortable and enjoyable at every step. He also took some breathtaking pictures of us and helped us find the perfect spot to watch the sunset, which was truly a sight to behold.

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Food
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Fes Unveiled: Unravel the Riches of Morocco's Ancient City
Fes Unveiled: Unravel the Riches of Morocco's Ancient City
Fes

During our trip to Fes, we were fortunate enough to have Charif as our local guide. His extensive knowledge of the area's history and culture added a whole new dimension to our tour. We spent our days exploring the bustling medinas and learning about the traditional craft of ceramic making. We also enjoyed shopping for unique souvenirs and immersing ourselves in the local culture. One of the highlights of our trip was attending the vibrant carpet show, a true feast for the senses. Charif's guidance and expertise truly made for an unforgettable experience in Fes.

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Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 22, 2024
Hi Dexter, Thank you immensely for sharing your incredible experience using Kimkim to plan your journey through Morocco. Reading about your adventure filled us with joy and gratitude, knowing that our team played pivotal roles in creating unforgettable memories for you. Samir's warmth and hospitality, going beyond his role as a driver to become a cherished guide and friend, are the hallmarks of the immersive experiences we aim to provide. His dedication to ensuring your comfort and safety,... Read more

Hi Dexter,

Thank you immensely for sharing your incredible experience using Kimkim to plan your journey through Morocco. Reading about your adventure filled us with joy and gratitude, knowing that our team played pivotal roles in creating unforgettable memories for you.

Samir's warmth and hospitality, going beyond his role as a driver to become a cherished guide and friend, are the hallmarks of the immersive experiences we aim to provide. His dedication to ensuring your comfort and safety, along with his wealth of knowledge, undoubtedly enhanced your journey.

Once again, thank you for choosing Kimkim for your Moroccan adventure, and we're immensely grateful for your kind words. We look forward to crafting more unforgettable experiences for you and travelers like you in the future.

Warm regards,
Abdel

Trip through Morocco
Morocco | Apr 12 - Apr 18, 2024

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Kirk S.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Our driver, Reda, did a fantastic job navigating and preparing us each day. He was great with conversation and with listening to what we wanted. We would recommend him to anyone.

The KimKim team put together a great custom itinerary for us. They adapted to our time table and the things we wanted to see and put together a good balance given we had limited time.

Our last day wrapped up with Oussama taking us to the airport and explaining many of the sites and history along the way.

Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 20, 2024

Hi Kirk,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! I'm thrilled to hear that Reda provided such excellent service, making your journey both enjoyable and informative. It's wonderful to know that he went above and beyond to cater to your needs and preferences.

We truly appreciate your recommendation and hope to have the opportunity to assist you with your future travels. Safe journeys ahead!

Best Wishes,
Abdel

Wonderful trip!
Morocco | Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2024

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Simone R.
Spain | Reviewed on Apr 14, 2024
Ayoub was our wonderful guide and driver. He loves his country and being of service. We were is great hands during the entire trip. At one point my glasses broke and he found a shop to try and fix them. He really was amazing and thought of everything! Read more

Ayoub was our wonderful guide and driver. He loves his country and being of service. We were is great hands during the entire trip. At one point my glasses broke and he found a shop to try and fix them. He really was amazing and thought of everything!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Mokhtar Tanger
Tangier
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouen

Wonderful, the roof top terrace was amazing! The breakfast, staff....all amazing. Highly recommend this Ryad!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
The staff made reservations for us at a restaurant and we had a beautiful table.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

The is Ryad is simply beautiful. We stayed for 4 night and were treated like queens.

Authenticity & Character
It doesn't get more Authentic than this!
Location
Staff
the staff at this Ryad was outstanding! A big shout out to Lina and the wonderful gentleman that served us breakfast each morning.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Guided Tour - A Stroll Through the Azure Dreams
Guided Tour - A Stroll Through the Azure Dreams
Chefchaouen

Very informative, we especially enjoyed seeing the community ovens and the public Haman.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Journey of Colours: Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Journey of Colours: Roman Ruins of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss & Meknes
Morocco
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Unlock the Secrets of Fes: A Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Experience
Unlock the Secrets of Fes: A Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Experience
Fes

Our guide was Charif and he was amazing. Charif is Moroccan and is well traveled, he has lived in several placed in Europe. This made him a very unique guide. He was able to explain the history of Morocco, the politics and religions and compare it to other cultures. it was such a pleasure to send the day with him. Not only is he a very kind man, we learned so much!!! He was disappointed that we were did not have time to see everything he wanted to show us (our fault as we took a lot of time buying a carpet) so he really wanted to take us the next day as well to see how they make the Argan oil, very generous. We spend a wonderful day with him.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Private Cooking Class in Fes
Private Cooking Class in Fes
Fes

This was a wonderful experience. First we went with Lina to the market to collect all the food. After that we returned to the Ryad Salam to prepare it by the pool with the amazing Chef Amina, and Lina. And after that we ate more food then we would like to admit. Admittedly, after the market experience we were pretty tired but I am glad we all cooked together. I can't really say enough about the joyful experience we had with Lina and Amina. Amina gave us both Moroccan names and she was just delightful. Lina taught us all about the Moroccan food and the customs. She worked tirelessly to ensure we had a good experience and we did!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
A Journey of Well-being: Immerse Yourself in the Hammam Spa of Fes
A Journey of Well-being: Immerse Yourself in the Hammam Spa of Fes
Fes

We both had great massages and hammers that were wonderful.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to the Ahinajen Berber Village for Livestock Herding in the Atlas Mountains
Day Trip to the Ahinajen Berber Village for Livestock Herding in the Atlas Mountains
Morocco

This was a very special day for us. We drove up to a berber village about an hour from Fes. We had snacks and then a long walk and lunch with a family. They could not have been more welcoming and warm. They were so happy we were there and we were very honored to be there. It was a total love fest! Ayoub, our driver said many people do not stay in Fes long enough to do this activity but if you have time it is a very powerful experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 14, 2024

Hi Simone,

Thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that Ayoub made your trip truly memorable with his dedication and attention to detail. We'll be sure to pass along your kind words to Ayoub, as they will undoubtedly brighten his day. We hope to welcome you back for another unforgettable adventure soon!

Best Wishes,
Abdel

I have traveled a lot but…..
Morocco | Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2024

Deborah
Deborah S.
Spain | Reviewed on Apr 14, 2024

I have traveled a lot but this was the first time I used a service like this, I loved it!! Our driver Ayoub was awesome!! He was always on time or early, he wouldn’t let us lift a finger and offered many services abound and beyond. We could text him day or night and he would respond immediately. In fact the entire KimKim team responded immediately through the whole process including planning the trip. I would highly recommend KimKim and the Morocco experiences they provide. Thanks Ayoub!

Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 14, 2024
Hi Deborah, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that your first time using our service was such a success. Ayoub and the entire KimKim team take great pride in providing exceptional service and ensuring that every aspect of your trip is seamless and enjoyable. It's wonderful to hear that Ayoub went above and beyond to make sure you had a fantastic experience, from being punctual to offering additional services and being available around the clock. We... Read more

Hi Deborah,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that your first time using our service was such a success. Ayoub and the entire KimKim team take great pride in providing exceptional service and ensuring that every aspect of your trip is seamless and enjoyable. It's wonderful to hear that Ayoub went above and beyond to make sure you had a fantastic experience, from being punctual to offering additional services and being available around the clock. We truly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable experiences in Morocco!

Best Wishes,
Abdel

First Trip to Morocco
Morocco | Mar 31 - Apr 9, 2024

Brian
Brian J.
Arnold, MD | Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024
This was our first trip for my wife and I to Morocco, and it was amazing. Our driver Faisal was fantastic! He was pleasant throughout despite the long drives, was able to communicate easily in English, had a great sense of humor, and good knowledge base throughout the journey. Faisal even helped us out with some bargaining for purchases! We started in Marrakech, then travelled to Eit Ben Haddou, the Merzouga desert, Fes, Chefchauen, Rabat, and home via Casablanca. Highlights of the trip... Read more

This was our first trip for my wife and I to Morocco, and it was amazing. Our driver Faisal was fantastic! He was pleasant throughout despite the long drives, was able to communicate easily in English, had a great sense of humor, and good knowledge base throughout the journey. Faisal even helped us out with some bargaining for purchases! We started in Marrakech, then travelled to Eit Ben Haddou, the Merzouga desert, Fes, Chefchauen, Rabat, and home via Casablanca. Highlights of the trip included knowledgable guides in Marrakech, Fes and Rabat for the souks and landmarks; a most memorable Tagine cooking class in Marrakech; an amazing 4-hour sunset camel ride in the Sahara desert, pottery making and tile tour in Fes; and so much more…. The accommodations in Riads, as well as in a tent in Merzouga were quite nice overall. Will definitely be using KimKim in the future!

Hotel Reviews
Riad Pachavana
Marrakech

Far from the souk. Leak in the ceiling in the bathroom.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Too far from the Souk
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ceiling leaked, shower terrible, shredded old towels
Riad Ksar Ighnda
Ait Benhaddou

Quiet and peaceful, clean, great buffet dinner

Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Given the fact that it is in the middle of the Sahara desert, this was a wonderful way to spend two nights. Nightly local musicians, great food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Riad Salam Fes
Fes

Beautiful Riad - close to everything. Great food

Lina Ryad & Spa
Chefchaouen

In the Medina - close to everything. Great views from the terrace

Riad Kalaa
Rabat

Noisy location, AC did not work well

Activity Reviews
Indulge in a Three-Hour Cooking Experience at La Maison Arabe
Indulge in a Three-Hour Cooking Experience at La Maison Arabe
Marrakesh

Fun, friendly staff, let you do all the cooking in a Tagine. Food was excellent!

Unique Journey from Ait Benhaddou to the Enchanting Merzouga Desert
Unique Journey from Ait Benhaddou to the Enchanting Merzouga Desert
Morocco

A must! Highlight of our trip

Quality of Experience
Food
Look
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 16, 2024

Hi Brian,

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience! We're thrilled to hear that your first trip to Morocco was nothing short of amazing, and we're especially glad that Faisal, your driver, played such a significant role in making it memorable.

Thank you for choosing KimKim for your adventure, and we can't wait to welcome you back for more unforgettable experiences in the future!

Best Wishes,
Abdel

Marvelous Morocco: A Magnificent, Memorable Journey with kimkim!
Morocco | Feb 17 - Feb 26, 2024

Alaina
Alaina S.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Apr 06, 2024
We are an American couple in our late twenties and avid travelers. We do several international trips a year and were enthusiastic about exploring Morocco! We wanted a trip that was adventurous and would give us authentic opportunities to learn about local history, customs, and (most importantly) food, but we didn’t want it to feel like an overly touristy experience. Our preference is for outdoor adventures, guided excursions, and food-centric experiences. This trip checked all of those... Read more

We are an American couple in our late twenties and avid travelers. We do several international trips a year and were enthusiastic about exploring Morocco! We wanted a trip that was adventurous and would give us authentic opportunities to learn about local history, customs, and (most importantly) food, but we didn’t want it to feel like an overly touristy experience. Our preference is for outdoor adventures, guided excursions, and food-centric experiences. This trip checked all of those boxes!

Key highlights of our trip were our two nights at the Tiziri Luxury Camp, the food tour in Marrakech with Hanan, and our time in Dades (especially Dar Rihana and our unexpected trek through the mountains with Ismail)! We’ve left more detailed reviews specific to each hotel and experience.

Kimkim connected us with Abdellah to plan our trip. We were very impressed by how responsive he was to our requests, and by how transparent he was about pricing and availability. We really liked Kimkim’s messenger feature. Whenever we had a question about or during our trip, Kimkim responded within a matter of minutes (even in the middle of the night). It was reassuring to know they were always available had there been an emergency.

Everyone we met was extremely welcoming and friendly. We’d been warned in advance about potentially aggressive sales tactics, particularly in the souks, but we had no issues! We found the experience to be much more relaxed than in other similar markets we’ve been to (e.g., Istanbul, etc.). We used our heads and had no problems during our trip. We appreciated how respectful everyone was!

We opted for the “luxury” hotel options offered by Kimkim at most destinations. We stayed a total of nine nights in five different hotels, ranging from small riads, to Marriott-style properties, to a luxury desert camp. We liked the variety and were happy with our choices. The staff at all our hotels were very welcoming. We appreciate Kimkim’s help in steering us toward great hotels!

Overall, we felt like nine days gave us enough time to explore several cities, but since the country is large and there were several days of driving, we didn’t want to feel rushed in any of the spots we visited. We were most excited about our stay in the desert and were very glad we opted for two nights there instead of just one.

We absolutely loved our trip and had an amazing vacation. We did a lot of research ahead of time and learned a lot along the way. Our trip to Morocco was a remarkable experience, and we will definitely consider Kimkim for our future travels!

Here are some of the things we wish we’d known in advance. None of this is meant to be negative, just some hopefully helpful tips for fellow travelers:

Money – Withdraw all the cash you’ll need before you leave Marrakech. There aren’t ATMs in Dades or Merzouga. There are some you can use in Ouarzazate if you pass through on your way to/from the desert, but our driver said sometimes they don’t drive through it because of road closures. Most of the hotels let us pay by card for our dinners, but everything else was done in cash (and some hotels have a $75 minimum for cards). We withdrew the equivalent of $400 from an ATM on our first night and that got us through our first two days in Marrakech and our trip through Dades and Merzouga, although we made no major purchases beyond food, drinks, and tips. We tried to pay by card whenever possible. We stopped again at an ATM when we returned to Marrakech. The ATMs dispense large bills, which some merchants won’t make change for. Large hotels and restaurants were able to help with that. Morocco has a closed currency, so you can’t exchange money before arriving. We recommend using an ATM in a city instead of exchanging at the airport.

Included Meals – Kimkim was great about clearly communicating this. All of our breakfasts were included at the hotels Kimkim booked for us. In general, we were responsible for paying for our lunches and dinners, with some exceptions if they were part of an organized activity (Berber lunch, food tour, etc.). All meals at Tiziri Camp were included. There was some confusion when we arrived at our first hotel in Marrakech (Elegencia Riad) because the front desk told us breakfast was not included, but our Kimkim itinerary said it was. We messaged Kimkim, and they quickly contacted the hotel and resolved it. We really appreciated Kimkim’s immediate response and their ability to handle the issue independently!

Food – One of us doesn’t eat red meat, and the other is a pescatarian. We communicated our dietary needs to Kimkim and our driver in advance. Generally, the food at the hotels and in Marrakech was spectacular! Dinners typically comprised three to five courses (prix fixe menu). The only disappointment of our trip was the consistent lack of lunch options along the driving route. Despite our repeated communication to our driver about specific places we wished to eat along the way, we felt consistently directed to tourist spots with very limited set menu options. It would have been nice to have the option to choose, even if we couldn’t go exactly where we wanted. In fairness, we only stopped for three or four meals on the road, so this was a pretty minor issue. We packed lots of snacks for the long car drives, which came in handy. Our driver was always happy to stop if we wanted to purchase a snack, but there weren’t always options in the rural areas.

Bathrooms – We recommend packing your own tissues and hand sanitizing gel. There were few public toilets, so most bathroom stops along driving routes were at cafes, which generally had squat toilets. Sometimes there was an attendant, so plan to have coins for a tip.

Clothing – We took steps to ensure we dressed and behaved appropriately. For women, this included wearing long pants and covering shoulders. We definitely saw tourists wearing more revealing clothing, but we wanted to be appropriate and were glad we made that decision. As far as other items to pack, we’d recommend sunglasses and hats, especially for time in the desert. We wore a lot of layers, as the temperatures did vary a lot, especially when the sun went down. Restaurants were casual!

Shopping – We are not big shoppers and were upfront with our driver about that. Along the driving route, there were stops at an argan oil collective, a rose oil collective, and a carpet merchant. Most of the goods appeared to be mass-produced items, with some locals giving demonstrations. Our driver was aware that we were not planning to buy, so most of these stops lasted about 10 minutes, which we really appreciated! The cultural component of these stops still made them worth it.

Driver – We were very glad to have a driver in Morocco! We would not have felt comfortable driving ourselves on the narrow and often unmarked roads. It was extremely nice to have a private vehicle that we didn’t share with anyone. Our driver was always very punctual and never picked us up late. To be clear, the driver is a driver, not a tour guide, but he always tried to answer questions we had about specific sites or local customs. He definitely seemed more comfortable communicating with males, which may just have been cultural. While this was not significantly bothersome, it did create a slight sense of imbalance in our interactions. He reached out on WhatsApp in advance, which we appreciated, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of rest stops along the way. We arrived on two separate flights, and he volunteered to make two trips to the airport so one of us didn’t have to wait several hours, even though we offered to do so.

Water – Expect to purchase plastic water bottles at all meals and during the driving route. The bottles sold at hotels were generally more expensive, so we'd recommend stopping at local grocery shops along the way.

We loved Morocco and are really glad we went and booked through kimkim! We can’t recommend it highly enough!

Hotel Reviews
Elegancia Riad Boutique & SPA
Marrakech

We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights here! It's tucked away down an alley off a moderately busy street. The area felt very safe, even at night, and was about a 15-minute walk from the main square. We had no problem navigating around the neighborhood on our own. Our room was nice, clean, and comfortable. Complimentary water, cookies, and a bottle of wine were provided. We ended up taking the wine with us and were glad we did because it was much more difficult to get alcohol in the rural areas. The woodwork on the door to the room was beautiful. Our only complaint was that there were no outdoor windows, which meant no natural sunlight in the morning. We understand that's a common occurrence at riads in Marrakech and wasn't a major issue. The interior of the riad was beautiful and very clean. It was classically decorated and felt comfortable and well-maintained. The staff was helpful and friendly — we really enjoyed the welcome juices and made friends with the orange cats on the rooftop. On several occasions, the staff helpfully offered to escort us to nearby locations that were hard to find. We didn't eat dinner at this riad, but breakfast was nice. There are several well-reviewed restaurants right down the street. We really enjoyed dinner at M Bacha Restaurant (2 min walk). It's a standalone restaurant with a beautiful interior riad/garden with citrus trees and excellent, affordable food. Breakfast (yogurt, fruit, eggs, smoked salmon, pastries, etc.) was served on the hotel's beautiful rooftop, which has a bar, restaurant, pool, and sitting area. The rooftop was the selling point of the riad for us — it's well-appointed and has a lovely view. There was a nice pool, but it was too chilly for us to swim. We also enjoyed evening mojitos there (120dhm/$12 USD per drink). The riad's larger sister property is worth visiting. It's about a 2-minute walk away and is more of a classic hotel. It has a fun indoor jazz piano bar.

Authenticity & Character
Location
15 minute walk from main square, but not near much else
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Dar Rihana Dades
Douar Aït Ouffi

We absolutely loved our stay at this guest house and are so glad we included it in our itinerary! It was the smallest riad we stayed at and felt very intimate. The room was beautiful and had a sofa and balcony with sun lounges. Our room had a spectacular view of the mountainside, and we loved stargazing from the balcony at night. The rooms had heating and air conditioning, which helped given the temperature variation. The riad looks very small from the outside, but it is absolutely gorgeous on the inside. We were the only guests on our first night and felt extremely pampered! The brothers who run the guest house were particularly hospitable and really went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The meals here were the best of our trip! The kitchen serves a mix of African and French-inspired cuisine. The portions were huge at both breakfast and dinner (five courses). We particularly enjoyed the olive sampler that was served at the beginning of dinner and the fresh zucchini and pumpkin soups, which added some delicious variety to the typical rotation of tagines. One of us is pescatarian, and we really appreciated how the kitchen staff went out of their way to prepare salmon for me after we asked for a meal with more protein. FYI, alcohol was not available for purchase at this hotel or any of the stores in Dades, but they’re happy to serve wine you bring with you. Dinner costs about $25/head each night and is well worth it. We appreciated being able to pay for both dinners by credit card at the end of our stay (there are no ATMs in or near Dades). The town of Dades itself is very small, but we enjoyed walking around the fields behind the hotel. There was a lovely outdoor pool, but it was too cold for us to use during our stay in February.

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Tiziri Luxury Camp
Merzouga

Tiziri was definitely the highlight of our trip! Our driver dropped us off at a lodge and reception site to wait for transport into the desert camp. We enjoyed some fresh tea, which was much appreciated after a long drive. About 30 minutes before sunset, we got on our camels. At Tiziri, they seem to offer two camel rides: one longer ride where you are on your camel for about two hours (with a break to see the sunset), and a second option where you ride for 45 minutes, stop for sunset, and then a driver drives you to the camp. Based on the reviews we read ahead of time, we asked for the second (shorter) option and were glad we did. The camel ride was not particularly comfortable, but it was fun and felt like part of the experience. We’d encourage other guests to communicate their preference to their driver a few days in advance so they can let the camp know. They were more than happy to facilitate a shorter trek. We spoke to other guests who did the full two-hour ride and felt like it was too long. The camels are owned by local families and the animals seemed happy and well treated. We’re always hesitant about the ethics of riding animals, but we were very comfortable with this experience (and pleased with all the information made available). Climbing off a camel to watch the sun set over the Sahara was an absolutely incredible experience! It was beautiful to watch and felt like something out of a movie! Tiziri Camp itself is beautiful, luxurious, and situated in a secluded spot in the dunes. We drove past several other camps along the way and definitely felt like ours looked the most upscale and well-maintained. Besides about 6 private guest tents, there is one larger dining room tent. There is also plenty of outdoor seating, including a covered gazebo and a treehouse hidden among the dunes. We didn’t find the treehouse until the last morning, so definitely ask about that earlier! The private tents had large beds and plenty of room for luggage. We didn’t spend much time in the tent, but they felt very luxurious. The private showers in each tent have warm water, but we’d recommend you bring sandals or flip flops as the bottom is raised on wood planks. It's the desert, so there was definitely sand everywhere, something we just got used to during our stay. Most of the camp is lit by candlelight after dark, which made for a magical experience. The staff were friendly and extremely attentive. After arriving at the camp after sunset, we had dinner alongside the other guests. The food was good, particularly for the middle of the desert. If you are vegetarian, I would suggest asking ahead of time for lentils or another source of protein. Breakfast and dinner were included. Wine was available for about $30/bottle. They were also happy to serve a bottle we brought with us. After dinner, all the guests gathered around the fire for traditional Berber music and dancing. This started quite late (around 10:30 pm), which was fine for us but also unexpected as we were tired after a long drive. Several other guests went to sleep instead of going to the fire, but the music was loud, so they likely heard it regardless. We’re glad we rallied and made it to the campfire! The staff all seemed to really enjoy playing music and hanging out with each other, and they told us they do this every night, even when there are no guests at the camp. A key feature of the camp is their focus on environmental sustainability. They made an effort to have very little single-use plastic and were very focused on saving water and producing little waste. The camp will sell water bottles and wine to guests, but it’s definitely cheaper if you can buy before heading to the desert. We highly recommend Tiziri, and our biggest suggestion to other travelers is to stay 2 nights in the desert. The drive to Merzouga is very long, and the desert felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We highly recommend fitting in two nights if you can and opting for less time in one of the city spots. It’s worth it!!!

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Location
Staff
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Riad Bayti
Marrakech

This riad was right in the heart of the spice market, which made for a unique experience. The staff helped us navigate our luggage through the bustling souk, which was much appreciated given the narrow alleyways. Although we preferred our initial hotel in Marrakech (Elegancia Riad), we opted for this more budget-friendly option for our brief stay at the end of our journey. It was a short walk to the nearby square (Jardin Sidi Hmed El Kamel), which had several good food options (including vegan options) that were well priced. This hotel was better located, but our first riad was more luxurious. The staff were very friendly, but the hotel itself felt somewhat dated and could have been cleaner. Our room overlooked a central riad, offering limited natural light and a slightly dim atmosphere. While it served its purpose for our short stay, we both agreed that there are likely better riad options within the city (though perhaps more expensive). Although we didn't have dinner at the hotel, we found the breakfast to be satisfactory. We definitely had better breakfast meals at our other hotels, but it was fine for being included in the hotel price. An unexpected highlight was meeting the two turtles who reside in the lobby, which added a fun element to our experience!

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Mövenpick Hotel Casablanca
Casablanca

This hotel was very modern and upscale, like a Marriott or Hyatt in a typical American or European city. Our room had a large closet, sofa, and kettle. The hotel is massive, so it felt much different from the more personal riads we enjoyed during the rest of our trip. We did not spend much time at the hotel but enjoyed walking around the local park, Arab League Park, which was about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. It was very well-maintained and beautiful to explore during sunset. There were plenty of families out having picnics, and it felt cool to be among locals. There were several well-rated restaurants in the neighborhood too. The hotel breakfast buffet was huge and opened early, which we appreciated before an early morning flight. The food was much more typical of a European hotel, with a latte machine and omlet bar.

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Cleanliness & Comfort
Caravane
Ouarzazate

Caravane was a lovely little hotel, tucked away on a modest street behind some construction. This riad was very stylish and extremely modern, and felt like it was the inspiration for an Anthropologie home store! The rooms are very large, impeccably clean, and have lots of natural light. The staff were very welcoming, and the lobby is stocked with ample reading material and games. While the rooftop offers inviting sofas and lounges, our February visit was a bit too windy to fully enjoy it. Both breakfast and dinner were good, with desserts being a particular highlight. Wine was available for $27/bottle with dinner. They served by far the best chicken tagine of the trip, and we tried many! Dinner cost about $25/head. We paid by card at the end of our stay, but be aware they have a $75 minimum for credit card charges. We are very glad we stayed here after our nights in the desert — it's a great place to enjoy a refreshing shower and wash off some of the stubborn sand!

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Activity Reviews
Mystical Marrakesh: Unveiling the Allure of Morocco's Vibrant Jewel
Mystical Marrakesh: Unveiling the Allure of Morocco's Vibrant Jewel
Marrakesh

The walking tour was a good way to explore the city. We stopped briefly outside the mosque and learned about the religious history of the city. Next, we had a guided walking tour of Bahia Palace. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helped us skip the long queue for tickets ($7 cash each, not included in the tour price). He also knew several great spots for photos. Then, we explored the souks and felt very fortunate to be there with a guide, as the alleyways are very narrow and it felt easy to get lost. We are not big shoppers and did not feel pressured to make any purchases (which actually surprised us given what we’d read online before traveling), but enjoyed hearing about the various crafts. It was clear that our guide had good relationships with several of the merchants, so if you are interested in buying specific goods, he would probably be helpful in finding shops that would offer good prices. Overall, we felt like it was a great way to get familiar with the city, and we felt more confident navigating Marrakech on our own afterwards. It took about 3 hours.

Quality of Experience
Food
Did not have any food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Tasting Marrakesh: A Private Gastronomic Adventure
Tasting Marrakesh: A Private Gastronomic Adventure
Marrakesh

INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE! The food tour with Hanan was absolutely our favorite guided activity! She’s a stellar guide and took us to an array of amazing local vendors. It never felt touristy, and she was spectacular at adapting the itinerary based on what we stumbled across or expressed interest in as we walked. Food is always a focus of our travels, and thanks to Hanan, this was one of the best food-based experiences we’ve had (and vegetarian/pescatarian friendly). The first stop was a small cafe where we enjoyed onion-stuffed crepes, soup, and tea. We were the only tourists there, and she had the cafe pull a table outside so we could eat in the alley amid all the hustle and bustle around us. The next stop was an olive stand, where we sampled a variety of olives and tapenades. Hanan and the olive vendor (stall #10) did a great job explaining the different types of olives and products at the stand and let us taste absolutely anything and everything we wanted. There happened to be a prickly pear wagon passing by the olive stand, so Hanan purchased some fresh prickly pears for us to try. Next, we stopped at a street sandwich vendor, where Hanan had them make an all-chicken version of a traditional chicken + beef sandwich filled with vegetables, cheese, and spices, all cooked in front of us on a griddle. Again, this was clearly a stall frequented by locals, not tourists. We walked with the sandwich to our surprise favorite stop — sardine meatballs. We weren’t sure what to expect, but they were absolutely delicious and a must-try item in our opinion. They were so good we sought them out again on our return trip to Marrakech. After the meatballs, we went to a street vendor selling freshly fried donuts. We watched him make ours and then got to dip them in honey and sugar before eating them. The last stop was a bakery, where we tried several fresh fruit smoothies. Hanan also surprised us with a box of local sweets and cookies she’d picked up for us earlier in the tour. All of the food we sampled along the way was included in the price of the tour. Hanan ended the tour by walking us through the public square at night, which was alive with music, dancing, and locals playing games. It’s worth noting that Hanan was the first female tour guide from her hometown and the only female tour guide we saw during our trip. Her English is phenomenal and she was tremendously fun to spend time with. We absolutely loved this experience and would definitely recommend it (and any tour led by Hanan)!

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Trails of Connection: Trekking through Berber Villages and Immersing in Local Hospitality
Trails of Connection: Trekking through Berber Villages and Immersing in Local Hospitality
Morocco

This was one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of the trip. Our guide, Ismail, was fantastic and spent seven hours with us! He met us at our hotel at 9 am and asked us about our preferences and comfort levels so he could tailor the hike accordingly. We are in our 20s and avid hikers, so we told him we were happy to go wherever he wanted to take us. The day started with a three-hour climb up and down opposite sides of the mountain adjacent to the “Monkey Fingers” rock formation. It was a rigorous (+1,200 ft elevation gain) but gorgeous hike, with sandstone arches and remarkable views of the Monkey Fingers and surrounding canyons. Ismail also brought traditional Berber clothes for us to try on during the hike. The only other people we encountered along the way were a pair of local nomads who stopped to chat with us. For those who prefer a less strenuous hike, there’s a mining road behind the mountain that provides easier access to the overlooks. Ismail flagged down a local minibus taxi to take us back into town (which was a really fun experience) and then showed us some local kasbahs and rock formations. His English is superb, and he shared a lot of really interesting information about local history and customs with us. After exploring the kasbahs, we enjoyed a lovely lunch at his family’s home in the center of Boulmane Dades. We met his father, Mohammed, who used to lead these tours, as well as his mother and brother. The lunch was good (veggie and chicken tagines, bread, fruit, and tea), and they happily accommodated our dietary request (we relayed that information in advance through our driver). It was fun to see the inside of a local home — we were worried this part of the experience might feel too “touristy,” but it didn’t. Lunch was directly across from our hotel (Dar Rihana), so we assumed that would be the end of the day, but we were wrong! We finished lunch at around 2 pm, and then he led us to the top of a nearby mountain for a view of the Tizi n'Tichka Pass. On our way back into town, we ran into several members of his family and stopped to see several local businesses. To be clear, these were not sales stops — Ismail seemed proud of the town and wanted to show us around, which we really appreciated. We cannot say enough good things about Ismail or this experience — he was a stellar tour guide and made our experience incredibly memorable. It’s a small town, and he was clearly known and liked by everyone we encountered. All told, we walked a little over 10 miles in 7 hours, with stops for lunch and sightseeing along the way.

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Discover the Joy of Sandboarding in Morocco's Magnificent Erg Chebbi
Discover the Joy of Sandboarding in Morocco's Magnificent Erg Chebbi
Merzouga

Tiziri has two sandboards available for guests to use on nearby dunes. They’re essentially snowboards but without footholds. This was fun to try for a few minutes, but not an organized activity led by staff.

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Sands and Adventures: Exciting Desert Activities in Merzouga
Sands and Adventures: Exciting Desert Activities in Merzouga
Merzouga

We were initially a little hesitant to do the 4x4 activity because we were worried it would feel too touristy (and we’d be sick of riding in a car), but we ended up really enjoying it and are glad we did it! Our driver and guide, Yusuf, made the experience a lot of fun. It took about 4 hours and included stops at the Gnawa music house, an abandoned mining village, a nomad family’s campsite, a lunch restaurant, and a local oasis. It’s also worth noting that there’s not much to do at the camp during the day, so it makes sense to fill the time with an excursion. Even with the 4x4 tour, we had plenty of downtime in the morning and afternoon/evening. We enjoyed all the stops and appreciated that there was no pressure to stay for any specific amount of time — Yusuf made the entire experience very relaxed. The Gnawa music house was definitely touristy but worth a visit. There was just live music — no oral history or anything to accompany it — but it was fun to see and listen to. The nomad family was very welcoming and gave us each a slice of delicious homemade “Berber pizza,” which is essentially a flatbread with egg and vegetables baked inside. Yusuf spent part of his childhood as a nomad and was able to provide some really interesting insight into the way of life and features of their camp. Lunch was included at a restaurant called Café Restaurant Chez Ibrahim. It was good — definitely one of the better lunches we had on the road! We stopped for a walk in the oasis and learned about the local economy and camel ownership practices from Yusuf before heading back to camp. After some downtime at camp, he whisked us off to the tallest dune in the area so we could catch the sunset. He took us for some fun off-roading along the way. Highly recommend this experience! Thanks, Yusuf!

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Nature's Masterpieces: Discovering Todra Gorges and Erfoud on the Road to Merzouga
Nature's Masterpieces: Discovering Todra Gorges and Erfoud on the Road to Merzouga
Morocco

Long drive to the desert, not many stops but appreciated the changing landscapes.

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Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech: A Journey through Time and Nature
Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech: A Journey through Time and Nature
Morocco

Last drive, left plenty of time to explore Marrakech in the evening

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Marrakesh to  Boumalne Dades: Embracing the Rich Heritage of the Atlas Mountains
Marrakesh to Boumalne Dades: Embracing the Rich Heritage of the Atlas Mountains
Morocco

Long drive, but beautiful scenery.

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A Picturesque Route: Merzouga to Aït Benhaddou via the Breathtaking Draa Valley
A Picturesque Route: Merzouga to Aït Benhaddou via the Breathtaking Draa Valley
Morocco

Another long drive, not our favorite food stop

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Local specialist: Abdellah El Asely
Abdellah
Abdellah El Asely
Local specialist in Marrakech | Replied on Apr 07, 2024
Hey Alaina, It was such a pleasure to read about your adventures in Morocco! I'm truly delighted to hear that your trip ticked all the boxes for adventure, authenticity, and culinary delights. From your magical nights at the Tiziri Luxury Camp to the fascinating food tour with Hanan, it sounds like you were able to dive deep into the heart of Morocco's rich culture and flavors. I'm really grateful for your kind words about my helpfulness and the convenience of our messaging service.... Read more

Hey Alaina,

It was such a pleasure to read about your adventures in Morocco! I'm truly delighted to hear that your trip ticked all the boxes for adventure, authenticity, and culinary delights. From your magical nights at the Tiziri Luxury Camp to the fascinating food tour with Hanan, it sounds like you were able to dive deep into the heart of Morocco's rich culture and flavors.

I'm really grateful for your kind words about my helpfulness and the convenience of our messaging service. Ensuring you feel supported at every step is what we aim for, and it’s heartwarming to know we were able to be there for you, even in the wee hours!

The warmth and hospitality you encountered on your journey resonate with the experiences we hope for all our travelers. I'm glad our selection of accommodations offered you both luxury and a genuine taste of Moroccan hospitality. Your feedback on the diversity and charm of each place you stayed adds a wonderful layer to our understanding of what makes a trip special.

I also want to thank you for your invaluable tips and insights. It’s through honest and thoughtful feedback like yours that we can refine our advice and recommendations for future travelers. We’ll definitely take your experiences to heart, especially regarding ATMs, dining options, and navigating the souks.

Hearing that you had an amazing vacation and are considering Kimkim for future travels fills me with joy and gratitude. We're here to make each trip unforgettable, and your endorsement means the world to us.

Can't wait to help you explore another corner of our beautiful kingdom when you're ready. Until then, best wishes and many more happy travels!

Warmly,
Abdel